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until3rd Annual Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair Cool Aid, Our Place and First Metropolitan Church invite you to the Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair, on Saturday, November 30th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at First Metropolitan United Church Hall, located at 932 Balmoral Road. Media can get an advance sneak peek at some participating artists’ works and have an opportunity to interview artists Joseph, Beryl and Bob the day before the Fair, on Friday, November 29, from 11 am to 12 noon at the First Met Church Hall. This Craft Fair is designed to highlight the talents of both low-income and emerging artists, many of whom have never had the chance to sell their creations to the public before. Every artist in attendance is below the low-income cut off or faces substantial barriers to participation in society, and many have never participated in a craft fair before or even shown their work publicly. Every artist in attendance last year sold some of their work. Over 45 vendors will display their arts and crafts, many from Cool Aid and Our Place programs. A music corner will feature several emerging musical artists. Admission is free, the event will be cash only, and refreshments and a raffle are available by donation. For more information find us on Facebook: “Emerging Artists Christmas Craft Fair” (Facebook.com/events/697264704096169), email feedback@CoolAid.org or call 250-595-8619.
untilThe Island Artisans Association Announces Art “Fall” ness This Island Artisan's event is being held at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in the beautiful David Foster Auditorium and Conservatory on October 25, 1-9 pm, and on the 26 and 27th from 10-4. The official opening reception is Friday, October 25th, 6:30 - 9 pm. The event will show case the best work made by island artisans from Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands. Art “Fall”ness has three juried parts to it: a feature of 23 artisans at tables in the David Foster theatre where you can meet and purchase a selection of their works; A small Gift Shop showcasing artisans work in the Conservatory and an Exhibition in the Conservatory. The event offers a variety of opportun ities for members of the Island Artisans’ Association as well as other outstanding artisans in the Islands’ community. The Island Artisans Association (IAA) formed 17 years ago as a way of supporting and creating opportunity for local artisans. They have had a varying number of members over the years and as many as 70 at one time. IAA was the organizing group of the Christmas event “Gifts for Myself and Others” that ran at the DaVinci Centre in Esquimalt for 10 plus Years. With this new show, Island Artisans’ is moving into a new era, in a venue that makes international exposure possible. The jury has already selected 34 artisans for the tables and shop. There is a wide selection of mediums that will be represented: ceramics, polymer clay, fabrics, up-recycled materials, quilling, jewelry made from precious metals, as well as wearable art, wood and glass. If you want any further information please check out the website: http://islandartisans.ca . Organizers: Linda Rajotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 250 727-1232 and Flo-Elle Watson at email@example.com or call her at 250-592-0832.